The Manitoba government has announced that it is investing up to $500,000 to support the development of trails in provincial parks.
“Our government is committed to continue building, maintaining and expanding Manitoba’s trail network over the long term in partnership with volunteer and community organizations like Trails Manitoba,” said Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires. “Accessing trails and pathways in a safe manner, while maintaining proper physical distancing, has become a respite during these unprecedented times. Trails can play an important role in our recovery and rebuilding following this pandemic.”
With the assistance of Trails Manitoba, funding announced will allow for the completion of six trails in Manitoba provincial parks, helping link the 1,755-kilometre Great Trail in Manitoba including:
- South Whiteshell Trail;
- South Whiteshell Trail – Penniac Bay;
- Cabin Lake Creek Pedestrian Bridge;
- Centennial Trail – Hansons Creek Bridge Phase 2;
- North Whiteshell emergency repair washout; and
- Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
“Our government recognizes the positive impact in being able to connect with nature, now more than ever as Manitobans navigate this challenging time posed by the global health pandemic,” said Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard. “Trails Manitoba plays a valuable leadership role in the creation, maintenance and enhancement of trails across Manitoba, and we will continue to partner with organizations to provide Manitobans with more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, all year long.”
“We are very grateful to the Province of Manitoba for its long-standing support of our provincial trail network,” said Erik Dickson, president, Trails Manitoba. “This funding will help improve safety and accessibility in several beloved trails in our beautiful provincial parks as well as promotes sustainability in the adaptive re-use of two pedestrian bridges from Kings Park in Winnipeg.”
Trails Manitoba was formed in 1993 to support growing interest in recreational trail development throughout the province. Trails Manitoba is now the umbrella organization for 22 trails associations and is governed by a volunteer board with regional representation.